April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

During April, ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support), The Margaret Sloss Women’s Center, and a number of Iowa State University departments and student organizations will be joining with people throughout the state and the nation to increase the public’s attention on Sexual Assault. This is an opportunity to highlight the efforts of individuals and agencies that provide rape crisis intervention and prevention services while offering support to sexual assault survivors, victims and their families. This year’s theme is “Preventing Sexual Violence on College Campuses.”

Sexual violence is a crime of epidemic proportions. It affects everyone. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (http://www.rainn.org/):

  • Every 2 minutes someone is sexual assaulted in the US.
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted.
  • College age women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.
  • In 2007, there were 248,300 victims of sexual assault.
  • 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.

SAAM raises awareness of sexual violence through special events while highlighting sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforces the need for prevention efforts.  Local activities to raise awareness of sexual violence include:

“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Film Showing

Friday, April 1, Sloss House, 2 – 5 p.m.\

Join us at the Sloss House to watch “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and discuss plot points as well as ways we can work to end sexual violence.

Get a Magnet off an ISU PD Vehicle

Monday, April 4, 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., South Lawn of Parks Library

Friday, April 8, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fire Station 2 Welch Ave.

Stop by to peel a magnet or two off an ISU PD vehicle as a reminder to get a yes and of local resources.

Teal Ribbon Distribution

Monday, April 11, Memorial Union booth, 11 – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13, Memorial Union booth, 11 – 2 p.m.

Vagina Warriors will be distributing ribbons. Stop by, take one, and show your support to stop sexual violence on our campus.

T-shirt Designing for The Clothesline Project

Thursday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Sloss House

Design t-shirts that will be displayed in the Clothesline Project, that address the issue of sexual violence to educate the public.

The Clothesline Project

Thursday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., West Lawn of the Sloss House
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of t-shirts addressing the issue of violence against women. T-shirts have been designed by survivors and families/friends of survivors. The project focuses on providing healing for survivors of violence, educating the public about issues of violence, and encouraging individual action to prevent violence. Participants will have the opportunity to create a shirt of their own during the event at the Sloss House.

These Hands Don’t Hurt

Thursday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., West Lawn of the Sloss House

This is a visual support of non-violence by imprinting your hand on a large canvas representing your commitment to not commit acts of violence against others. Make the pledge to end violence against men, women, and children. The completed banner will represent the people who are supporting the movement against violence. Coordinated by Alpha Kappa Lambda.

Rice Krispie Treat® Bake Sale

Thursday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., West Lawn of the Sloss House

Alpha Kappa Lambda will be selling Rice Krispie Treats®. All sales will be donated to ACCESS.

“heARTs for Art” Exhibition

Saturday, April 16, Ames Public Library

Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support invites crime survivors to participate in the “heARTs for art” exhibitition on April 16, 2011 at the Ames Public Library.

SAAM on Display

Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22, Memorial Union Display Case

Find more information on the events, read about how sexual assault impacts our community, and where to find local resources at the Memorial Union display case.

Self-Defense Workshop

Monday, April 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.,
The Hapkido Club will teach lessons on how to avoid hazardous situations and what to do if you can’t. The lessons are very interactive. Students will leave the event with an understanding of basic self-defense techniques.

Take Time on Tuesday: Sexist Comments to Sexual Assault

Tuesday, April 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Sloss House

Sexist Comments to Sexual Assault: How we can make a difference in violence against women. Violence against women impacts us all. Though it can be an intimidating topic, change can start with the “small” stuff. We’ll be discussing ways that we can step-in and speak-out against violence against women in all its forms. Additionally, we’ll share resources and ideas about how to provide support to a friend who has been sexually assaulted and/or who is at-risk in a violent relationship.

Take Back the Night Rally & March

Wednesday, April 20, Rally beginning at 6:00 p.m., Iowa State Memorial Union West Terrace

March beginning at approximately 6:45 p.m., Around campus and campustown

Take Back the Night is an internationally recognized event with rich history, occurring worldwide since the 1970’s. The annual Take Back the Night rally and march at Iowa State University is organized with the purpose of unifying women, men, and children in an awareness of violence against women, children and families. You are invited to join us at the rally and march to take a stand against violence and make the night safe for everyone.

Take Back the Night: Taking the Stage to Reflect and Express Open Mic

Wednesday, April 20, Open Mic begins at 7:30 p.m., UDCC Room 136

To celebrate taking back the night we are hosting an open mic event for the community to share stories, poems, and music.

Asian Pacific American Film Showing: Struggles with Sexual Assault

Thursday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa is sponsoring a film and discussion that touch on the topic of the struggles with sexual assault within the Asian Pacific American community.

For more information on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, contact the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center at 515/294-4154 between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, confidential help through Sexual Assault Support Services,  is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 515-29-ALERT (515-292-5378).

Events are supported by the Sexual Misconduct Education Committee: Alpha Kappa Lambda, ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support), Department of Residence, Greek Affairs, ISU Department of Public Safety, Margaret Sloss Women’s Center, Sexual Assault Response Team, Student Counseling Services and Students 2 Students

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About Margaret Sloss Women's Center - ISU

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center promotes equity on the Iowa State University campus. Through a feminist lens, the center advocates for individuals and groups; provides support, referrals, community and programming; and maintains a safe space in the Sloss House.

Posted on April 1, 2011, in Activism, End Violence Now, Feminism, Sexual Assault Awareness and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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